Around the Country: 1st Inuit Woman Ordained

On Nov. 13, 2011, the Rev. Sarah Baikie became the first woman of Inuit descent to be ordained in the Anglican diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.

The bishop of the diocese, Cyrus Pitman, ordained Baikie in the presence of her family and community in her home church of St. Timothy’s in Rigolet, Labrador. Baikie’s five grandchildren, dressed in traditional aboriginal attire, drummed the procession into the church. The Lord’s Prayer was recited in her local dialect of Inuktitut.

-- Anglican Life


Around the country: A study in good nutrition

A $10,000 grant from the Anglican diocese of Ottawa will allow students at the Greater Gatineau Elementary School to continue learning about how to eat healthfully.

The school’s principal, Judy Millar, initiated the Greater Gatineau Elementary Health and Wellness Project–which ran from March to June 2011–with a $6,000 grant from the province. When the funding ran out, the diocese offered to finance the program for another year, under the title, “Daily Bread Project.”

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Jan 18 - 25

“We will all be changed by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ”

By Rev. Rob Stringer, Diocese of Saskatchewan ecumenical officer

Throughout the Diocese of Saskatchewan, ecumenical co-operation seems to be on the rise.

Over the last year, congregations in Spiritwood and Meadow Lake (my home parish) have entered  shared ministry agreements. These partnerships add to our other ecumenical parishes, such as Turtle River Parish and Birch Hills/Kinistino.

The Mission of Christopher Lake has also had a long history of welcoming members from a diversity of denominational backgrounds. I am sure these trends in are evidence throughout the province of Saskatchewan.

Ecumenical co-operation challenges the disciples of Jesus to strive for the unity He prayerfully desires for His Church (see John 17:20-21). But such co-operation should also lead us to thoughtful, biblical and prayerful reflection on what it means to be the Church and how we might move forward with our ecumenical partners.

Unfortunately, our approach to ecumenism is often guided by the common difficulties we face and not the common blessings we share. Such difficulties may include dwindling and aging congregations, financial troubles and inability to secure a pastor.

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“This is my Son, whom I love”

The Baptism of our Lord

By Bishop Michael Hawkins

St. Mark dives right into the account of Jesus’ baptism in his Gospel, always a part of Epiphany, especially as it is celebrated in the East.

While crowds did come to John the Baptist, Mark’s description of Jesus’ baptism, like many paintings of it,
appears much more intimate. It is, dare I say, almost a private baptism, a secret Epiphany.

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Mission consultation in Toronto

Several Anglican representatives participated in a Dec. 1 consultation with the Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries, held at the Toronto School of Theology. Dr. Andrea Mann, General Synod’s global relations coordinator, attended along with Henriette Thompson, General Synod’s coordinator for ecumenical, interfaith, and government relations, and Suzanne Rumsey, public engagement coordinator for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.

The objective of the consultation was to consider how the work of churches and the forum can best intersect in the following areas: intercultural ministry and diversity, ecumenism, justice, anti-racism, education and learning, global engagement, and mission and missiology.


New Church in Big River

Everyone is invited to the Consecration

of the new church

in Big River First Nation

Saturday, January 14th

2 PM


"God has a plan for us" - Indigenous Models of Governance

Finding new, Indigenous models of governance is emotionally charged work in the Anglican Church of Canada. That's why members of the Council of General Synod (COGS) received the Mississauga Declaration, a cry for self-determination, alongside other governance updates at its meeting Nov. 18 to 20.

"We affirm that God has a plan for us in the Gospel and that we must claim the freedom to become what God has called us to be," reads the 388-word declaration, penned by 32 Indigenous Anglican representatives at a September 2011 meeting in Mississauga, Ont.

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A message from the House of Bishops

The bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada met at the Mount Carmel Retreat Centre in Niagara Falls, Ont., Nov. 20 to 24. They have released the following statement.

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2012 Cycle of Prayer online

The first few weeks of the Diocese of Saskatchewan Cycle of Prayer for 2012 can now be found on our website. Click here, or use the Resources menu at the top of the page.


Indigenous ministries coordinator appointed

The Anglican Journal is reporting that the Rev. Canon Virginia "Ginny" Doctor, a Mohawk from the Six Nations and canon to the ordinary for the Episcopal diocese of Alaska, is the new indigenous ministries coordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada.

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